[4/30/2016] Shota Imanaga struck out fourteen against Hanshin on April 29

Shota Imanaga struck out fourteen during his start against Hanshin at Koshien on April 29. He is the first rookie to strikeout fourteen or more hitters in a game (nine innings) since Shota Oba struck out sixteen against Lotte on April 5, 2008 and the first Yokohama rookie since Masatoshi Gondo struck out fourteen against Kokutetsu on May 30, 1953. He is also the first pitcher to strikeout fourteen or more hitters in a game and lose since Yu Darvish struck out fifteen and lost on August 25, 2011.

The Central League rookie record of sixteen strikeouts in a game (nine innings) was set by Tomohito Ito on June 9, 1993. The NPB rookie record of seventeen was set by Hideo Nomo on April 29, 1990.

Source: Sponichi 4/30/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/30/2016, Sanspo 4/30/2016

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